Grant to fund work at Sapp

First Posted: 9/14/2010

LUMBERTON The City Council went green at its regular meeting on Monday when it accepted a $137,669 grant to help pay for improvements to the Bill Sapp Recreation Center that will reduce energy costs.
The money is from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant in North Carolina, which provided $11.9 million for energy conservation in local governments, public schools, and community colleges.
The city submitted its conservation proposal for the Sapp Center to the North Carolina Energy Office in January, and it was one of 58 projects funded across the state.
These federal recovery funds will create jobs, reduce energy consumption and save taxpayers money on county and municipal utility bills, Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement.
The total cost of the project is $153,669, with the remaining $16,000 coming from a city match. The council on Monday approved using $16,000 money from the telecommunications tax that will pay The Wooten Company to direct the work.
The recreation centers upgrades will include new lighting, air conditioners, a solar-powered water heater, plumbing fixtures, and windows. City officials say the improvements will help the center save money on utility bills.
The program requires the city to hire about 12 local contractors and subcontractors, according to Tim Taylor, director of Parks and Recreation.
Its one of our oldest buildings, Taylor said.
Also on Monday, the council:
Approved Police Chief Mike McNeill’s request to accept an Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Grant in the amount of $45,877 to pay for equipment and training.
Approved a contract with Attorney Robert E. Price for his legal services upon the release of Community Development Block Grant funds.
Approved a contract with Johnny Nobles and Associates for surveying services upon the release of CDBG funds.
Approved a contract with The Wooten Company to provide technical assistance for the CDBG project.
Sent to the Planning Board a request from Sheila P. Russell to rezone property at 1811 1/2 E. Fifth St. from R-7, single family residential/duplex, to B-4, business general commercial.
Sent to the Planning Board a request from Michael P. Walters to rezone property located on West Fifth St. from M-1, light manufacturing, to B-4 with the exclusion of adult establishments such as nightclubs, pool halls, and bars.
Sent to the Planning Board a request from Steve Costa to rezone properties at 3183 and 3185 W. Fifth St. from R-15, single-family residential, to M-1, light manufacturing.
Approved a $5,000 contribution to the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce for its holiday parade.
Approved the final plat for Pinecrest Village, a private 49-lot subdivision that sits beside Pinecrest Country Club, between N.C. 72 and N.C. 711. Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian, is one of the partners of Pinecrest Developers, which owns Pinecrest Village.
Approved the purchase of a tandem dump truck for $52,399.

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